Last week, Kronos held our 10th annual Take Your Child to Work Day, with 90 Kronite kids ranging from ages 8 through 11 in attendance. It's one of our very favorite days in the office every year, and it was inspired by the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® program, which just so happens to be recognized today this year - April 28th.
Not familiar with the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® initiative? Here's their mission:
“Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® encourages girls and boys across the country to dream without gender limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work and community lives. This national, public education program connects what children learn at school with the actual working world. Children learn that a family-friendly work environment is an employer and family issue and not just a woman's issue. Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work helps girls and boys across the nation discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life.”
This year's event at Kronos was centered around the theme of "Unleashing Your Superpower." The day focused on teaching employees' children how challenging themselves and thinking of others can impact their future success. Throughout the event, the kids participated in educational and charitable (and fun!) activities, which included cooking up homemade dog treats for Canine Commitment of New England, a rescue shelter based in New Hampshire; learning that knowledge is a real superpower by prepping a package of books to be donated to needy children; packing backpacks to donate to School on Wheels Massachusetts; and creating cards and care packages for a unit deployed overseas. As an even more special treat, the day kicked off by the kids being able to hear from real-life superheroes: active duty commissioned officers in the U.S. Army National Guard, Major Geoffrey Leonard and Captain Danielle Sullivan. (You can see all of the photos from the day here).
Our main goal with this event every year is to encourage our children to think big when it comes to their future careers - while also giving parents a day to share their workplace with their kids. This program really does provide a way for kids to learn about what opportunities they have for their future, and it truly is a special day here at Kronos headquarters.
I know there are people who question whether kids get much insight out of these events about the world of work. What they do get is time with their working parents. Family friendly organizations that make this shared experience possible may have a more lasting impact than they think. See the quote below written by my (now 28 year old) daughter in 2012:
As my mother mentioned, I'm not necessarily looking to go into her profession, nor is my brother; and we have both spent days at our parents' offices where nothing more happened than we sat quietly and did homework while they carried out their normal business. The most important part of any TYCHWD is not exposure or inspiration, but something several others have mentioned: bonding. Just because I may not have gotten the clearest idea of what my mother did each day, it doesn't mean that I didn't get something out of TYCHWD. If anything, the plugged-in, on-the-go, never-stop world we live in requires more things like TYCHWD, because honestly, we kids will take what time we can get.
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